“I do not write for a select minority, which means nothing to me, nor for that adulated platonic entity known as ‘The Masses’. Both abstractions, so dear to the demagogue, I disbelieve in. I write for myself and for my friends, and I write to ease the passing of time.”
— Jorge Luis Borges
To ease the passing of time I write and create art. Oh time will pass easily enough, perhaps too much so and there are so many moments where I have so little to show for it. I create to at least have my footprints in the sand. To show where I’ve been if only to see it all wash away. Thus I understand why graffiti artists tag seeking if not recognition acknowledgement of existence. Oh there are other reasons as well tho perhaps they are less honest.
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Sometimes Random Patterns Take on Life by G A Rosenberg
“Your battles inspired me – not the obvious material battles but those that were fought and won behind your forehead.”
― James Joyce
To the young mother
working two jobs
and still finding time
to give your baby a smile
and so much love
while taking a class or two at a time.
for the promise that your daughter
may have it a bit easier
To the young man
on the street
working day labor
who’s parents kicked him out
because of who he loved
or dreamt of loving
He manages to resist
disease and habit
believing it will get better
if he makes it so
To those who search within
who know that there’s more than this
and work towards achieving it
To those who go without food or a home
yet don’t give into despair
To those who wake to nightmares
yet still find themselves able to dream
Thank you for teaching me
love, courage, hope and tenacity.
— G A Rosenberg
I have been privileged in my life to have known and seen many varieties of experience. I have seen so many people who have had it tough in every way possible and yet managed to still go on ever hoping for more. I have seen people who have struggled (and thrived) with physical and mental disabilities or mental health issues. People poor and in need or rich and in need of hugs both inner and outer. It amazes and inspires me our ability to persist despite almost any adversity.
One of the fundamental differences between the Victim Orientation and this one [Creator] is where you put your focus of attention…For Victims, the focus is always on what they don’t want: the problems that seem constantly to multiply in their lives. They don’t want the person, condition, or circumstance they consider their Persecutor, and they don’t want the fear that leads to fight, flee or freeze reactions, either. Creators, on the other hand, place their focus on what they do want. Doing this, Creators still face and solve problems in the course of creating outcomes they want, but their focus remains fixed on their ultimate vision.
~ David Emerald
I admit it. I have a problem understanding why so many have this need to live in the painful areas of their past reliving over and over again how they were hurt and who hurt them . They play this movie in their minds sometimes for decades after it has ended. Understand please I am not negating how they were hurt nor am I saying that they should ‘just get over it’ I regret the fact that they were hurt so badly that they have given up all agency in their lives to the past hurt and often use it as an excuse to not take responsibility. “I’ve never been able to find a good relationship because my father never loved me enough.” “My first boyfriend hit me and now I can’t trust men””I had this disease when I was younger and people laughed at me and hurt me and even tho it ended years ago, I can’t live a normal life because of the trauma” So much hurt and so much pain still being clung to when life could be so much better for them. All they have to do is find the courage to start a new chapter and rise like the Phoenix from the seeds of the old.
“Think, dream and expect great things. For would you rather be correct in your perception? Or would you rather be exceptional in your life?”
― Christopher Babson
We are all exceptional. Some of us are lucky enough to realize our exceptionality. We learn with time and effort to shine forth our identities, take on our aspects and shout out who we are without fear or worry of who may hear or who may care. We take responsibility for what we do and what we say even if it gets misquoted and never take on the role of victim or victimizer no matter who tries to cast us in this role. The most important quality I find that exceptional people share is helping others to realize their own exceptionality. Can you imagine a universe of self-aware exceptional people?